Tradition & History

The History of Yerba Mate Tea (1500–2000s)

by David Askaripour on Jul 06,2015 in Tradition & History

The history of yerba mate tea is quite circuitous, reaching great heights of commercial expansion and sharply plummeting to total industry collapse. Below, I’ve highlighted the major events of mate’s development from the 1500s when Europeans discovered the Guaraní Tribe of Paraná consuming mate, to the 2000s where mate has found footing in the global […]

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Mate Transmission

by David Askaripour on May 26,2013 in Tradition & History

The computer uses transistors to amplify and share electronic signals. The brain uses neurotransmitters to pass information between neurons, making up the nervous system. In like ways, with Mate, we grow our Circle with Mate Transmission. When a new Matero is born, he becomes activated into the Circle. He has received Mate Transmission from a […]

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The Queen Outlawed Mate

by David Askaripour on Sep 26,2012 in Tradition & History

Yerba mate was illegal in London. Published in the 1882 Tropical Agriculturist, we hear the plea of Anglo Porteno, writing to the Editor of the British Trade Journal, fighting for the right to resume drinking mate in London. “It is, in time, a most greatful, and, beyond all question, a most healthy and invigorating beverage,” […]

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Yerba Mate Types Explained

by David Askaripour on Jun 19,2012 in Tradition & History

Yerba Mate Regional Cuts Here is a rundown on the various regional yerba mate cuts. The “cut” of the yerba is the composition of the leaves, twigs, and powder. The main regional cuts are: Argentine, Paraguayan, and Gaucho. Argentine Cut Paraguayan Cut Gaucho Cut Super Gaucho Cut

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How Poland got its hands on Yerba Mate

by Matéo on Mar 05,2012 in Tradition & History

After promoting a little Yerba Mate information on Google+ (you should join it if you’re not already on there), I stumbled upon a picture of a Polish guy drinking some Mate. I posted a comment, and this began my informal interview with a Polish Mate drinker by the name of Sebastian. Sebastian: Hi Matt. Thanks […]

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Why do I drink Mate?

by Matéo on Dec 29,2011 in Tradition & History

“What is this ‘magical’ drink that you talk about all of the time, Matt?” “Does it get you…high?” “Is it healthy for you?” “I heard that this is linked to cancer, I don’t want cancer!” These are just a few of the various questions that people ask me daily about Yerba Mate. I always feel […]

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Mate Circle: Mate All Day

by Matéo on Jan 31,2011 in Tradition & History

Mate is commonly referred to as “The Drink of Friendship” for a reason. Its “power” goes beyond its ability to increase your health and awareness, and even extends to strengthening the bond between you and those who you sit down and share a with. I first experienced mate by myself, and felt as if I […]

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